June 1st, 1985



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An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 8.3/10 (43,144 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

A story of greed, a lust for power, and ultimate revenge. The Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji has decided to step aside to make room for the younger blood of his three sons, Taro, Jiro, and Saburo, the Lord's only wish now being to live out his years as an honored guest in the castle of each of his sons in turn. While the older two sons flatter their father, the youngest son attempts to warn him of the folly of expecting the three sons to remain united; enraged at the younger son's attempt to point out the danger, the father banishes him. True to the younger son's warning, however, the oldest Son soon conspires with the second son to strip The Great Lord of everything, even his title.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni

Tatsuya Nakadai - Lord Hidetora Ichimonji
Akira Terao - Taro Takatora Ichimonji
Jinpachi Nezu - Jiro Masatora Ichimonji
Daisuke Ryû - Saburo Naotora Ichimonji
Mieko Harada - Lady Kaede
Yoshiko Miyazaki - Lady Sue
Hisashi Igawa - Shuri Kurogane
Pîtâ - Kyoami
Masayuki Yui - Tango Hirayama
Kazuo Katô - Kageyu Ikoma
Norio Matsui - Shumenosuke Ogura
Toshiya Ito - Mondo Naganuma
Kenji Kodama - Samon Shirane
Takashi Watanabe -
Mansai Nomura - Tsurumaru (as Takeshi Nomura)

Release Date: 1 June 1985

Filming Locations: Aso, Kumamoto, Japan

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $90,000 (USA) (22 December 1985) (15 Screens)

Gross: $2,132,974 (USA) (2 February 1986)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

A scene which required an entire field to be sprayed gold was filmed but left out of the final film during editing.

Revealing mistakes: During the first scene (while the Land Lord and his sons are hunting wild boars) the first shot that shows every single wild boar running in front of the camera is probably a single shot of the same wild boar repeated 3 times.

Kyoami: Are there no gods... no Buddha? If you exist, hear me. You are mischievous and cruel! Are you so bored up there you must crush us like ants? Is it such fun to see men weep?

User Review

The Best Film based on one of Shakespeare Best Works. This Masterpiece is recommended for anyone that loves movies . Truly one of the Greatest Films of all time!

Rating: 10/10

Akira Kurosawa's 1985, Ran, is based one of Shakespeare's greatest works, King's Lear. The Film proudly stands along with his other classic such as Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Roshomon, Sanjuro and the Hidden Fortress. He is a master in the art of filmmaking, no one can film an epic battle scene quite like Kurosawa. This is recognized as the most expensive film ever made by Akira Kurosawa, it was at that time, Japan's most expensive film ever. Being at the age of 75, he still showed us, he's one of the best in the business.

This movie is about an aging lord, head of the Ichimonji family, decides to retire and to pass the power to Taro, the eldest of his three sons. He will however have to banish Saburo, the youngest one, who dared to speak the truth to him. Soon, the former lord is chased away from the castles of his sons and becomes mad when he understands that one of his sons is trying to kill him. The three brothers are fighting for control of the Kingdom, as their lust for power grows every day. Four armies are facing each other on the prairie. Lord Ichimonji's former peaceful kingdom is nothing but a distant memory.

Akira Kurosawa redefines what an epic film is, with astonishing story telling, entirely believable characters and real life battle scenes without the use of Special effects/CGI. He retells the story of King Lear in his own way and no one would recognize that it was actually a adaptation beforehand. But just like Shakespeare, there is humor, irony, death and not a happy ending. Everyone who played a part in the production of this film, deserves some kind of recognition. The acting is pretty much excellent and certainly believable.

10/10 Kurosawa is a Genius


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